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01/30/2013

Chief opponent of marriage equality in Illinois: Gays have 'profound disrespect for God and for themselves'

by Jeremy Hooper

Laurie Higgins is a senior figure with the Illinois Family Institute and the person who has penned many of that org's policy documents opposing marriage equality in the state. Today, Laurie continues to show (a) why the IFI is one of the few state groups to make the Southern Poverty Law Center's anti-gay list and (b) why no Illinois legislator should believe that the IFI is focused only on marriage policy.

Laurie writes:

There exist objective truths regarding sexual morality, truths which if violated mar the image of God imprinted on men and women. When men have sex with men or women have sex with women, they demonstrate a profound disrespect for God and for themselves, which, although less important, violates the Boy Scout Law which asserts that “a Scout is … reverent.”

No one is arguing that homosexual men and women are devoid of admirable values and traits that boys would be well-served to emulate. What many are arguing is that the affirmation of a homosexual identity is not one of them. Further, the affirmation of a homosexual identity is so profoundly immoral as to render them unsuitable for the role of shaping “morally straight” young men. No boy should be taught implicitly or explicitly that the affirmation of a homosexual identity or homosexual acts are moral acts.
FULL: Save the Boy Scouts of America [IFI]

So nice of Laurie to acknowledge that we can have "admirable values." It's just too bad she will only accept us demonstrating those in loveless closets, "ex-gay" therapy sessions, or some other halls of forced dissimilarity.

I will be sure to get Laurie's beliefs (more of which can be found here) to every Illinois lawmaker before the IFI's big lobby day (2/20). It's hard to hind behind a "protect marriage" ruse when the state's leading policy group is all like, "Oh no—we totally want to strip them of their sexual orientations, too!"

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